6.4/10
17,393
108 user 33 critic

Pacific Heights (1990)

Trailer
0:31 | Trailer
A couple work hard to renovate their dream house and become landlords to pay for it. Unfortunately, one of their tenants has plans of his own.

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writer:

Daniel Pyne

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Griffith ... Patty Palmer
Matthew Modine ... Drake Goodman
Michael Keaton ... Carter Hayes
Mako ... Toshio Watanabe
Nobu McCarthy ... Mira Watanabe
Laurie Metcalf ... Stephanie MacDonald
Carl Lumbly ... Lou Baker
Dorian Harewood ... Dennis Reed
Luca Bercovici ... Greg
Tippi Hedren ... Florence Peters
Sheila McCarthy ... Liz Hamilton
Guy Boyd ... Warning Cop
Jerry Hardin ... Bennett Fidlow
Dan Hedaya ... Loan Officer
James Staley ... District Attorney
Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Four mental patients on a field trip in New York City must save their caring chaperon, who ends up being taken to a hospital in a coma after accidentally witnessing a murder, before the killers can find him and finish the job.

Director: Howard Zieff
Stars: Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Boyle
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A hustling drug addict checks himself into rehab to escape trouble with the law and realizes that it's exactly what he needs.

Director: Glenn Gordon Caron
Stars: Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman
One Good Cop (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An NYPD Detective (Michael Keaton) and his struggle for justice, while taking care of his late partner's three little girls after he is killed in the line of duty.

Director: Heywood Gould
Stars: Michael Keaton, Rene Russo, Anthony LaPaglia
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Frank Conner is an honest police officer who desperately needs to save his son's life. However, after losing all hope, he finds out that a criminal Peter McCabe in jail is his only savior.

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Stars: Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Brian Cox
The Paper (1994)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

New York City tabloid editor Henry's faced with tough decisions while he faces several serious life challenges, and a tempting job offer.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A burglar holds a knife to Karen's throat while her husband does nothing. The couple ends befriending the cop that comes. The friendship ends when the cop beats up the culprit. Karen isn't ready to end it. Things get ugly with the cop.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta, Madeleine Stowe
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After her humiliated husband kills himself, an embittered pregnant widow loses her child, and embarks on a mission of vengeance against a woman and her family.

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in.

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Stars: Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Steven Weber
Touch and Go (1986)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An ice hockey star is accosted by a youth gang who attempt to rob him; after he chases them off he catches the youngest member and gives him a ride home, where he meets the boy's mother. A ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mandel
Stars: Michael Keaton, Maria Conchita Alonso, Ajay Naidu
Gung Ho (1986)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When a Japanese car company buys an American plant, the American liaison must mediate the clash of work attitudes between the foreign management and native labor.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt
The Squeeze (1987)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A mysterious black box spells danger to a con man and female detective.

Director: Roger Young
Stars: Michael Keaton, Rae Dawn Chong, Ric Abernathy
My Life (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A terminally ill man prepares for his death.

Director: Bruce Joel Rubin
Stars: Michael Keaton, Nicole Kidman, Bradley Whitford
Edit

Storyline

A yuppie couple buy a large house in an exclusive San Fransisco neighborhood. They renovate it and plan to rent two apartments on the first floor to cover the costs. A prosperous looking man moves in but is not the ideal tenant. He never pays any rent, drives the other tenants away and systematically ruins the lives of his landlords. Written by Jim Sadur <jsadur@keyflux.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Perfect House. The Perfect Tenant. Perfectly Dangerous. See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The amount, for which Drake Goodman (Matthew Modine) and Patty Palmer (Melanie Griffith) bought the house, was seven hundred forty-nine thousand dollars. See more »

Goofs

When Patty is looking for the cat in the basement, the pigeon flies out of the window and the long haired cat appears. In the close up shot of the cat shrieking, it is a short haired cat. In the shot of the cat exiting through the window, it has changed back to a long haired cat. See more »

Quotes

Bill: [Last line] I know you love it, but we're talking about $900,000.
Amy: I bet we can offer them an 850 or 825.
Bill: Oh. Oh, that's all, okay. Um. What if we don't qualify for a bank loan?
Amy: [Amy chuckles] We will. First thing I'm gonna do is take these curtains off these windows.
Bill: Can we talk about the purchase price before you redesign the entire place?
Amy: Well, I just have so many ideas.
[Bill clears throat]
Amy: It'll be okay.
Bill: It'll be okay, huh? Well, as long as you say so.
Amy: I know so.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Melanie Griffith's character Patty Palmer is credited as Patty Parker in the credits. See more »


Soundtracks

VIVALDI: SUMMER - THE FOUR SEASONS
Music by Antonio Vivaldi (uncredited)
Performed by Pinchas Zukerman (as Pinchas Zuckerman) and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (as The Israeli Philharmonic)
Courtesy of Deutsche Gramaphon, a division of PolyGram Classics, Inc.
See more »

User Reviews

underrated film
26 July 2005 | by rycarsonSee all my reviews

I saw this movie again recently, and I have to say that upon reconsideration I think this film is a bit underrated. There are a few deeper sociological issues being explored here that I perceive but are quite subtle in their appearance in the film.

It is a study about the law to some degree, and it has some critical things to say about the ability for one who knows the law and its loopholes and thus exploits others with tools that were originally intended to preserve civil society. Keaton plays a psycho, but one who is highly educated and quite adept at his craft of fraud and deceit.

Further, Modine's character is irrational, befuddled, and ultimately marginalized. I wonder if the director took some liberties with him (as this is a true story, I don't know everything about the real person he portrays) to bring out a few of his close-minded tendencies that may have contributed to the awful situation in which he finds himself. Obviously, there is the closet racism which keeps him from renting to a black man (this is thrown in the viewer's face later and is quite obvious), but there is also the way he perceives a man's role as the solver of problems and his wife as nothing more than a spectator.

That she ends up being the one to calmly and coolly affect a search for and investigate Keaton's character, assaults the traditional notions of a man's role as a protector. Her temperament is ultimately more appropriate for the solution to the problem, and I think it is no accident that the director portrays it in this way.


28 of 38 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 108 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pacific Heights See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,912,637, 30 September 1990

Gross USA:

$29,381,956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,926,706
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed